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Easily create custom controls that respond correctly to mouse and keyboard.

focusable_control_builder #

Using FocusableControlBuilder you can quickly create a new control that will work properly on all platforms and input devices.

Working "properly" entails support for:

  • tab key traversal
  • focus / rollover states
  • modified mouse cursor
  • support for keyboard shortcuts (Enter/Space by default)

Under the hood, this builder wraps the built in FocusableActionDetector and you can read there for more details about how it all works.

For more information on why you'd use these widgets, see this blog post:

🔨 Installation #

  focusable_control_builder: ^0.1.0+1

⚙ Import #

import 'package:focusable_control_builder/focusable_control_builder.dart';

🕹ī¸ Usage #

To create a custom button just implement the FocusableControlBuilder.builder method and assign an onPressed handler:

class MyCustomButton extends StatelessWidget {
  const MyCustomButton(this.label, {Key? key, required this.onPressed}) : super(key: key);
  final String label;
  final VoidCallback onPressed;
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return FocusableControlBuilder(
        onPressed: onPressed,
        builder: (_, FocusableControlState control) {
          // Decide which colors to use, based on .isFocused and .isHovered
          Color outlineColor = control.isFocused ? : Colors.transparent;
          Color bgColor = control.isHovered ? : Colors.grey.shade200;
          // Return custom button contents
          return Container(
            padding: const EdgeInsets.all(8),
            child: Text(label),
            decoration: BoxDecoration(
              color: bgColor,
              border: Border.all(color: outlineColor, width: 1),

Custom Mouse Cursor #

FocusableControlBuilder will assume you want a "hand" cursor for your control, which is typically the case. If you'd like a different cursor, just assign it:

return FocusableControlBuilder(
    cursor: SystemMouseCursors.resizeDown,

Request Focus On Press #

FocusableControlBuilder will assume you want your control to request focus when it is pressed. To disable, just set this to false:

return FocusableControlBuilder(
    requestFocusOnPress: false,

Custom Shortcuts #

FocusableControlBuilder will create a default activation action which handles [Submit] and [Enter] keys. To create custom keyboard shortcuts you can set the .shortcuts and .actions parameters. This is a bit beyond the scope of this doc, but if you'd like to learn how, checkout the FocusableActionDetector docs which contain an example.

🐞 Bugs/Requests #

If you encounter any problems please open an issue. If you feel the library is missing a feature, please raise a ticket on Github and we'll look into it. Pull request are welcome.

📃 License #

MIT License

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